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Going Going Gone!

Good morning family and friends

We trust that you had a wonderful festive season, filled with love, kindness and the presence of Jesus Christ.

When you think about it, everything revolves around this name. Jesus Christ. What is our response to the name of Jesus Christ? To us it means that everything and everyone finds its purpose in Him. That is why we as a family are on our way to Kenya.

In approximately 18 days we will be boarding on our Ethiopian Airways flight en route to Nairobi. The vision?

To make disciples, raise leaders and plant churches.

Churches that can do the same until East Africa, then the rest of Africa and the nations will know and please God. We see a sending hub that is established to equip and empower many local East Africans to go into the harvest.

The challenge?

Support.

Yup, you’ve guested it. We have been busy raising funds to be able to make a living in Nairobi. Seeing that it is about twice as expensive to live there as opposed to South Africa, we have been trusting the Lord to add to our existing finances.

Currently we have reached 50% of that goal. Yet, through a lot of prayer and Godly counsel, we are still determined to set off on the next phase of our Beukes journey. We are therefore still in need of more wonderful men and woman, like yourselves, who are passionate about the Gospel and its Gift to the nations.

In light of our challenge we would like to launch our BandofBeukes page. This is a page designed to encourage you to give other people an opportunity to become part of our vision. Please visit our BandofBeukes page and refer friends, family and even colleagues that might want to partner with us. Or otherwise, we would greatly appreciate it if you could contact us concerning someone you might feel can potentially become part of the vision in this regard.

Click here to visit BandofBeukes

Thank you for being invested in this apostolic vision to reach the nations. Your passion and steadfast support in every regard enables us to respond to the call to go and be a light of salvation to the ends of the earth.

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Grace for 2017 and much regards

Joe and his family on a Mission

 

 

 

 

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Breathe

 

Hello there Band of Beukes

(and anyone else that might read this in the future)

Yup, we’re taking a breath.

Let me clarify the kind of breath I am talking about. You know the kind of breath a swimmer takes while he/she is gliding through the water in an attempt to set up the new world record?

Well that’s not the kind of breath I am talking about. The one I am referring to is the one that precedes a deep sigh of satisfaction. Maybe you have one when you arrived back home after a productive day at work. Or after you just put the kids to bed and know you have what is left of the night, for yourself (that’s us).

Our local congregation has a policy to bless its staff with a sabbatical for every seven years spent in ministry. Mine has arrived and I am breathing in the fresh air of resting, waiting and preparation. Our family is on extended leave until mid-January isn’t that tremendous!

Let me elaborate on the ‘resting, waiting and preparation’ part.

Resting

This is the most important part. These three months are meant to taper down on ministry activities to the extent that the only ministry that is really left, happens between yourself and God.

Waiting

While we are resting, we are waiting.  Actively waiting.  Not lethargic or impassively. Waiting, seeking and readying ourselves to receive a renewed vision and action plan for the next seven years. This is the most satisfying part. It’s all about lingering with anticipation in God’s presence and becoming attentive to what He is dreaming of and desiring you to accomplish and become.

What an exciting time to be in!!!

Preparation

Picture a gun, or a coffee machine for that matter. Both needs some preparation for it to produce the BANG, the moment of GLORY when you sip and taste that it is good, pleasing and perfect. That’s probably the most strategic part of our furlough.  God is equipping us and stretching back the elastic so that when the launch codes have been set to fire, we’ll be off flying, propelled, going further than ever before.


Have you been inspired to rest, wait and let God prepare you for the next season of your life?

I trust that you’ll be blessed with enough time and the ability to prioritise well, to regularly give yourself to the things mentioned above.

Blessings and Regards

Joe & his family on a mission

Families Matter

Hello there everyone

Family is SUPER important.

We are often defined, received, celebrated or even rejected by those who form part of this inner circle of people.

Whether it be natural or spiritual family, its hard to imagine life without their input, good or bad, happy or sad.

Very recently we (South Africa) were privileged to host our Every Nation International World Conference. It is held every three years and this year was Cape Town’s turn to set the stage for global fellowship, worship and equipping.

What a BLAST!!! It was really thrilling and extremely encouraging to experience our spiritual family in a world-wide context. I had the privilege of personally hosting one of our international leaders and what a blessing that was. We met some great leaders from across the world and learned even more from them. Here are two links to all the sermons of the main sessions.

EN2016 sermons recap and Opening Night

I realised that the best way to meet new people and get to know them is through serving them.

On a more regional level. During our stay in Bloemfontein, we were fortunate enough to also meet so many new people who we now call spiritual family. Our time there from June to September would probably be best described as a family reunion, even though we didn’t know much about each other beforehand.

Have you ever visited far off relatives and realised that you actually have SO much in common? Well, I had such an experience with our local congregation in the City of Roses.

Check out Every Nation Bloemfontein for more information concerning this lovely congregation.

As for my household, well, we’ve also discovered new avenues of family life. It has been one great journey of discovery, living in 7 different houses in the last couple of months. A friend of mine recently gave me some great insight concerning our current household rhythm.

“Maybe you should be aware and sensitive to all the diverse input that comes from every different family that has opened up their home to you.”

-JP

This gave Marli and I such wonderful perspective and we could recall all the wonderful times of impartation and input we received up until that point. It also made us realise that we should be on the look out to acknowledge when those moments re-occur. Every house that has been offered to us for accommodation was the home of a spectacular family. WOW! What an amazing privilege to have had so many great and meaningful conversations, meals and coffees.

We are all impacted greatly by those we appreciate, accommodate and acknowledge as the core group of people we do life with. Family.

It has been quite a while since my last pensive proposition. I trust that this one has found you well.

Thank you again to everyone that has been partnering with us in every way. Especially those of you who have opened your homes to us during the last couple of months.

Joe and his family, on a mission.

A day on Mercury

Hello There Family and Friends

Our time here in Bloemfontein could, to some extent, be likened to one day on Mercury. Nope, not because Mercury is the smallest of all the planets or that Mercury is named after the Roman deity, the messenger to the gods.

Rather that one day on Mercury is equal to approximately 59 days on earth. Which got me thinking what we could accomplish on Mercury, because in Bloem it has truly been 59 days of effective ministry, joyful serving, interesting family dynamics and memorable times with newly made friends.  

We have been thoroughly enriched by the people’s kindness in hosting us and their passion to make Jesus known in Bloemfontein and even the nations they reach out to on a yearly basis.

If we could have 59 days on Mercury like we’ve had in Bloem, I’m sure Mercury would be made inhabitable in no time….

We look forward to continue partnering with and serving the city of Bloemfontein in the next couple of weeks, until our return to Paarl.

We appreciate every prayer and every financial seed that has been sown into our ministry in order for us to be effective ministers of God’s love.

Kind Regards and Many Blessings

Joe (…and his family) on a Mission!!!

When God Calls You Out

Good morning

I trust that all is well and that the purposes of God is being fulfilled in and through your lives. Talking about God’s purposes, I have some very interesting and exciting news.

My family and I am assisting the Every Nation Bloemfontein church for the next three months, starting in June. Pieter Coffee and his wife has taken a well deserved Sabbatical to rest well and enjoy a time of adventure and scenic beauty (..so it seems when I look at their Facebook posts ;->…) So, to my family and I, it is a wonderful privilege to be able to serve in this way. We have become part of the staff and also function on the elder team.

….further more…..??!!!

Marli and I have received the call to become part of our church plant mission in Nairobi, Kenya.

If you can recall, my family and I were on a short term mission to Every Nation Nairobi about 3 months ago.

After returning to South Africa, Marli and I started seeking the Lord’s will for us and Kenya more fervently. As we prayed and conversed about what we felt the Lord was showing us it became clear that there is a definite call to spend our lives in Kenya. We are setting out initially for two years and afterwards the idea would be to reconsider with the Lord what our next steps will be.

So here we are at the brink of a whole new African adventure. The purpose? To see God’s Kingdom come in East Africa as it is in Heaven.

 

We are trusting the Lord to grow our monthly income as it will be much more expensive to live in Nairobi. Please trust with us, pray with us and for any further information contact us concerning these new and exciting times.

THANK YOU once again for your faithful support in every way!

Love, Grace and Regards

Joe & Family on a mission!

 

 

Beautiful feet

Greetings to everyone

Tonight is the last evening before we return to South Africa. What can I say? It has been an absolute game changer of a visit to the Spies family along with the outreach to Kahawa.
We have built strong lasting relationships and I am very thankful to have met the wonderful young men and woman that forms part of the spiritual family of Every Nation Kenya. We had the privilege to help facilitate a Victory Weekend this passing weekend. WOW!

“When the Son sets you free, you are free indeed.”

I was thrilled by the change we as facilitators could see as we progressed through the weekend. The Holy Spirit ministered with revelation, understanding and insight. The result. People were set free. Some were baptized in water and others were baptized with the Holy Spirit. Glorious!!

“There is nothing more spectacular to witness the effect of the Gospel, when it is received, appreciated and celebrated.”

We have grown close to the leaders that currently spearhead the church plant. Two couples specifically. De Wet and Miemie, who you’ve come to meet through my blog posts (AKA the Spies family). Then there is Martin and Rahab. We spent the weekend at their home and it was an immense blessing! These couples are sold out to the wonderful adventure of what God is busy doing in Kenya…and even East Africa as a whole. Marli and I find ourselves being invigorated and inspired by their faith and faithfulness.

Our stay here in Kenya these last couple of weeks can be described as refreshing, imparting and nothing short of spectacular.

Thank you for everyone that has been praying and supporting us in being here and pursuing what God has in mind for us and Kenya.

Kwaheri na Mungu awabariki
Joe on a Mission

Proximity = Priority

Hello Everyone

It has been a week and a half since my family and I got our passports stamped at Kenya’s immigration authorities.

We have been living with die Spies family and it has been such a special experience. They have received us with joy and served us with their prayers, generosity and friendship.

We have quickly become part of the local community and I was very surprise at the kindness and genuineness of the families that we met.

We have also had great opportunities to minister to the students that forms part of the Discovery Groups that meet every week. Yesterday I had the privilege of facilitating the meeting. There was prayer and we sang our praises to the Lord. Then we dived into the Word, each having to discover what the Lord wants to communicate to us as a local spiritual family. It was thrilling. We ended of the meeting considering how we would apply what we have learned during the next week.

I am so excited to be here in Nairobi and see what the Lord is busy establishing for His glory.

Lastly and definitely not the least. As we are praying together in the mornings we experience that the Lord is inviting us to pursue Him in a greater measure, with great intensity. The fruit. Well the fruit has been ‘priority’.  What do I mean?

“The greater our proximity, the clearer becomes our priority. The clearer our priority, the greater our proximity.”

Please continue to pray and engage with us whilst our stay in Kenya. This coming weekend we will be hosting a Victory weekend. The goal is to establish people in freedom and victory. We trust for the Lord to touch and minister deeply in every heart.

Thank you for you continued support.

Joe on a mission